.Mask up!

Mask Up

I’m afraid the decision was erroneous by the inexperienced Trump-appointed Florida Judge Kathyrn Mizelle, who as an appointee was given the rare ABA evaluation of “not qualified,” as was the case with many of Trump’s judicial appointees (far more than that of any other U.S. president in history). Her error, which will doubtless result in condemning probably thousands of Americans to death from the latest omicron BA2 subvariant of Covid-19 (which will certainly not be the last), was based on her misinterpretation of the 1944 Public Health Service Act, which mentions “sanitation,” but doesn’t define it. She opted to select the “clean something” definition and ruled that since wearing a mask “neither ‘sanitizes’ the person wearing the mask nor ‘sanitizes’ the conveyance,” the CDC mandate was overturned. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

As a biologist who has taught bacteriology, virology and biotechnology at high school and university levels, and who was involved in doing DNA research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, I know of no actual “expert” who would not agree that wearing a good KN95 or similar mask isn’t one of the best tools available for preventing transmission of aerosol-spread viruses.

Larry Lack

Marin County

More Train Pains

Absurdly expensive to actually use instead of driving five days/week, [the SMART train has] no stop at the actual destination. Are you kidding me? But life goes on and down the tubes for all but the richy-rich.

Michael Hoffman

Sebastopol

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